Upcoming Events

Sisterhood's Closing Event & Membership Meeting
Yiddish Songs and Stories of World War II Russia 

Sunday, June 11 @ 11:00am
Registration is closed. Please contact Marcia Feuerstein to see if there are any available spots.

Please join Sisterhood at Adas Israel Congregation June 11 at 11:00 AM for its closing event and elections. Synagogue president Debby Joseph will induct the new Sisterhood board, followed by a program of Yiddish Songs and Stories of World War II Russia, led by our own Miriam Isaacs, a renowned Yiddish scholar, together with Cantor Ari Brown and guitarist Vladimir Fridman,. A Russian-inspired light lunch catered by Sisterhood’s own Susan Barocas will follow. Pre-payment of $10 by check or through the registration link is preferred. Reduced cost available on request. Please RSVP by June 4. This meeting is open to all. Bring your friends and family!

Sisterhood Shabbat
A Letter of Appreciation from Senior Rabbi Gil Steinlauf

Dear Sisterhood members,

I didn’t want to let another day go by without expressing my deepest appreciation to each and every one of you for Sisterhood Shabbat. Every aspect of the Shabbat, from beginning to end, was beautiful and inspiring. The adjudicated teen debate was awesome, sweet, brilliant, funny, educational, and all around wonderful. I keep hearing from people how extraordinary that event was. What a wonderful way to capture the spirit of Sisterhood for future generations!

Shabbat morning was a celebration of not only of our Sisterhood members in prayer and leyning leadership, but of the role of Jewish women in general. As I said on Shabbat, in this day and age, our people and all the world needs the strength of women more than ever to bring us to higher levels of justice and goodness. 

Thank you for doing all that you do to raise the level of holiness of our congregation!

L’Shalom u’vrachah,


Rabbi Gil Steinlauf

Sisterhood Closing Event
Sunday, June 2017 TBA


President's Message

This review of Sisterhood’s year, 5776, recalls all that we’ve accomplished and planned—but more importantly, it acknowledges the wonderful women who have made it such a success.

Our memorable October opening event mixed study, song, and sustenance as we welcomed Associate Rabbi Aaron Alexander, his wife Rabbi Penina Alexander, and Hazzan Rachel Goldsmith, Ritual Director, to the Adas Sisterhood. Following Rabbi Steinlauf’s warm welcome and a delicious lunch, Rabbis Alexander and Hazzan Goldsmith team-taught the mitzvah of tzitzit. Susan Winberg and Lucy Hassell co-led this event.

In December, Carol Ansell headed our annual “Politics and Prose Holiday Gift Wrap,” assisted by Sisterhood volunteers, benefiting The Washington Literacy Center.

In February, our thrilling Sisterhood Shabbat featured Storahteller Naomi Less as the Mozelle Saltz Scholar-in-Residence for Sisterhood Shabbat. Cantor Brown was also featured throughout the event. The entire weekend, including the beautiful Shabbat Kiddush, was underwritten by the Mozelle Saltz Fund for Sisterhood Speakers. Established by Adas Board member Donald Saltz, the fund memorializes Mozelle, Donald’s wife. Linda Yitzhak, Leah Hadad, Sabrina Sojourner, Susan Klein, Julie Weismann, and Lucy Hassell collectively organized and produced the exciting theatrical and musical sacred events.

In March, our own Cantor Arianne Brown performed in a regional Torah Fund event titled, Nat’ah Karem (she plants a vineyard). We express immense gratitude to Alisa Abrams, our Torah Fund Campaign chair, who helped us raise over $7,000 in contributions to Torah fund. Next year we hope to double that amount!!!

In May, Sisterhood board member Dava Berkman donated an ambulance to Magen David Adom, Israel’s highly regarded ambulance, blood-services, and disaster-relief organization. This incredible act of charity was marked by a dedication service at Adas followed by an opportunity for everyone in attendance to explore the actual vehicle before it was shipped to Israel.

The theme of June’s hugely popular closing event was heirlooms, both sharing and creating them. Many sisters shared their personal family stories associated with the heirlooms they brought to the event, and then each attendee had an opportunity to create a brand-new “heirloom” plate. The meeting began with the installation of our new Board. The program was organized by Arlette Jassel, Susan Winberg and led by Linda Yitchak and Arlette, with help from Leslie Frost, Susan Klein, and Lucy Hassell. (Pictured on left: Co-presidents Miriam Rosenthal and Marcia Feuerstein call the membership to order at the Sisterhood closing event and Helen Kramer tells the story of a family heirloom at the closing event.) The year ended in July with Sisterhood’s Staff Appreciation Lunch, where Arlette and Linda again co-led the heirloom plate program.

We extend heartfelt appreciation to the managers and other volunteers of the Sisterhood Gift Shop whose proceeds enable us to help support our synagogue (see below). Thanks also to

Roselle Abramson, Marilyn Cooper and Joyce Stern for sharing the coordination of our monthly “Taste of Tanach” discussions with Rabbi Steinlauf and Norman Shore. We also continue to co-sponsor book chats and events with the library, organized by librarian Robin Jacobson.

Our board is amazing. June Kress, VP Membership has been revitalizing our membership and Miriam Rosenthal, chair of the Nominating Committee worked tirelessly to add to the new Board. Miriam has become the next Co-President of Sisterhood, sharing responsibility with me.

Susan Winberg made a huge mark on programming this year as Co-VP of Education and Programming. Linda Yitzchak, Co-VP of programming, worked tirelessly on Sisterhood Shabbat as well as the closing event. We have a new strong programming committee for the upcoming year. In addition, Susan Klein worked admirably as VP of Communications, keeping us informed of events through the Chronicle and occasional eblasts, while Joyce Stern became our corresponding secretary—with help from Marian Fox, who assisted Joyce when needed. We appreciate your service and good humor. Dava Berkman continued to maintain our budget and kept our finances in order, and Julie Weisman acted ably as Parliamentarian and provided ideas, help and spirit. Thanks to others, on and off the Board, including Lucy Hassell, who took over Sisterhood leadership while I was in Switzerland during the Fall 2015, and special thanks to Betty Adler, “our” photographer, who documents our events.

It has been a pleasure to serve as your President this year. None of our programs could have happened without your ideas, preparation, and participation. Volunteers are the backbone of Sisterhood—and I am so thankful for all of you who, despite limited time and energy, share your precious time with Sisterhood. I so look forward to next year – with our new board, including Miriam Rosenthal, the new Co-President of Sisterhood. Thank you!

In Sisterhood,
Marcy Feuerstein


Upcoming Events

Sisterhood Program Dates 5776-77
2016 – 2017

Opening Event 
Sunday, September 18, 2016 in Gewirz Beit Am, 11:30am – 2:00pm

Weekday Torah with Sisterhood
Tuesday, September 20, 2016 in the Biran Beit Midrash, 10:00am

Sisterhood Shabbat
Friday, February 10 and Saturday, February 11, 2017

Sisterhood Closing Event Register Here!
Sunday, June 11 @ 11:00am

Recent Happenings

Sisterhood presents check for $30,000 to Adas Israel

sisterhood 1Sisterhood at the Synagogue Annual Meeting on June 15. Pictured here are Jean Bernard, Co-manager of the Ruth and Simon Albert Sisterhood Gift and Judaica Shop, joined by Sisterhood president Marcia Feuerstein, as they presented Sisterhood’s 2015-2016 gift to the Adas Israel Executive Director, David Polansky.

Sisterhood’s annual gift is exclusively derived from the shop’s proceeds. Thanks to a very successful year, we were able to provide a check for $30,000!!! Plaudits to the shop’s hardworking and talented managers.



Adas Israel Sisterhood Officers: 5776-5777

Executive Committee/Officers

President: Miriam Rosenthal (2016-2018)
Corresponding Secretary: Joyce Stern
Recording Secretary: Lisa Kleine
Treasurer: Dava Berkman
VP for Communications: Nechama Masliansky (2016-2018)
Co-VP for Education/Programming: Linda Yitzchak and Susan Winberg
VP for Membership: June Kress
Parliamentarian: Julie Weisman
Gift Shop Co-Managers: Jean Bernard, Diane Keller and Susan Winberg
Immediate Past President: Lisa Kleine

General Board

Carol Ansell, Dena Bauman, Roberta Boam, Carmel Chiswick, Barbara Cline, Marcie Goldstein, Miriam Gusevich, Leah Hadad, Judy Heumann, Miriam Isaacs, Susan Klein, Helen Kramer, Arlette Jassel, Judy Melamed, Janice Mostow, and Myra Promisel, April Rubin, Elinor Tattar, Betsy Strauss, and Nancy Weiss.

Ex-Officio Members
Rabbi Penina Alexander, Cantor Arianne Brown, Hazzan Rachel Goldsmith, Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt, Naomi Malka, Rabbi Emerita Avis Miller, Heather Polonsky, and Rabbi Kerrith Rosenbaum

Ongoing Events

Taste of Tanach (Will soon to be renamed and schedule to be announced.)

A changing group of scholars and teachers will lead lively Torah-based discussions. For more information, contact Coordinator Marilyn Cooper at

Thursday Night Minyan

To ensure that anyone wanting to say Kaddish will have the opportunity, Sisterhood has pledged to have two Sisterhood women attend every Thursday evening minyan. For more information or to pledge a Thursday night, contact Sisterhood Thursday Minyan Coordinator, Harriet Isack at or 202-966-6169.

Weekday Torah with Sisterhood
Ongoing, monthly, second or third Tuesday of the month

Community leader and teacher Norman Shore will lead a discussion on texts, traditions, and stories about the Jewish High Holidays. Weekday Torah with Sisterhood is an engaging approach to traditional Hebrew text study that offers participants the opportunity to study and discuss challenging texts and ideas. These classes are open to the entire Adas Israel community. Classes are monthly, except in the summer, and usually meet on the second or third Tuesday of the month. Students of all levels and backgrounds are welcome. To RSVP and for more information, please contact Marilyn Cooper at

2016-2017 Weekday Torah with Sisterhood:
Sept. 20, Nov. 15, Dec. 20, Jan. 17, 2017, Feb. 21, March 21, April 25, May 16, June 20

Senior Lunch and Fellowship
Ongoing, Monday – Friday

The Adas-Behrend Senior Lunch and Fellowship Program is held daily Monday – Friday at 10 a.m. Offering a hot lunch with lectures, movies, music, or classes, the program provides a setting for learning, entertainment, and socializing. If you have a talent or an interest to share, or would like to help serve and greet the seniors, please contact Aviva Bensimon at or 202-363-7530. Community member Norman Shore assists in this program as well.


Join Sisterhood or Renew your Membership Today! 

About The Sisterhood

Adas Israel Sisterhood embraces women of all ages and stages of life. It provides opportunities to learn, deepen spirituality and personal Jewish growth, do mitzvot and network. From one-on-one experiences, to small group activities, to large-scale events, there is something of interest for everyone.

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Programs and Events

Our programs:

  • Traditional text study
  • Renowned guest speakers
  • Social action/advocacy
  • Judaic education
  • Leadership training
  • Holiday gatherings

Recent and upcoming activities:

  • Sukkah decorating with the Gan
  • Night out at the DCJCC Film Festival
  • Partnering with the Hesed Committee to deliver Rosh Hashanah and Purim gifts
  • Book chat sponsored with the Library Committee
  • Sisterhood Shabbat

In addition, anyone may contribute financially to the Rose R. Freudberg Sisterhood Memorial Library Fund, the Sisterhood Bima & Synagogue Adornment Fund, and other fund categories. Donate through the synagogue online donation form (go to Special Purpose & Auxiliary Fund designation).